Monthly Archives: July 2012

Summer Reading

Gérard Dubois

Josée Bisaillon

Matte Stephens..

Pascal Blanchet

Steph Baxter

Preparing for summer / Preparando el verano (ilustración de Steph Baxter)

Jooste Swarte

Christopher Silas Neal

Jillian Tamaki

July/August 2011

Julia Breckenreid


Illustrations by Seth

Brian Biggs

Philadelphia Free Library\'s Book Festival

Masako Kubo


Liu Ye

Lilli Carré

Gluyas Williams…

Positions readers / Posturas lectoras (ilustración de Gluyas Williams)

Yara Kono

Dinis Mota

Books-Butterflies / Libros-Mariposas (Ilustración de Dinis Mota)

Rebecca Cobb

Spring books! / Primavera de libros! (ilustración de Rebecca Cobb)


Olaf Hajek

Reading is magic / La lectura tiene magia (ilustración de Olaf Hajek)

Jordi Labanda

Reading is fashionable / Leer esta de moda (ilustración de Jordi Labanda)

 Beautiful poster, unknown artist, for an exhibition just ended at the University of Amsterdam. Read Alice Rawsthorn‘s article in the NYT here

Arthur Getz

The New Yorker Cover - March 3, 1973 Premium Giclee Print

The New Yorker Cover - July 20, 1957 Premium Giclee Print

…thanks Bibliolectors This
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Paul Poiret & Atelier Martine

One of the most influential and innovative fashion icons of the early 20th century, Paul Poiret (1879-1944, later a forgotten figure by Le Beau Monde, dying penniless), led the industry in the design and manufacturing of every detail of what he produced. Here are just a few examples of his textiles, made in his studio, Atelier Martine, between 1918 and 1925…

Fabric Design with Flowers, Circles, and Dots

From The Metropolitan Museum

‘Martine, which opened on April 1, 1911, was the interior design business owned and operated by Paul Poiret, a noted Parisian couturier. The business consisted of École Martine, Atelier Martine, and La Maison Martine. École Martine (housed in Poiret’s premises in rue d’Antin) was an experimental art school for young, working-class girls. Under the direction of design educator Marguerite Gabriel-Claude Sérusier, these untrained girls sketched plants and animals in local parks and zoos. Poiret bought the best of their drawings, which were adapted for use by Atelier Martine, the design studio. At first, Atelier Martine produced only textiles and wallpapers, but soon expanded, to create carpets, lighting, hand-painted glassware and ceramics, and other items for interiors (including dolls outfitted by Poiret). Furniture and interior decorating services were introduced under the direction of Guy-Pierre Fauconnet. Little is known about the manufacturers of their products, but it is unlikely that the atelier was able to realize most of their designs in-house, turning instead to outside specialists: Paul Dumas or Defossé & Karth for wallpapers, Adolphe Chanaux for furniture, and Murano for glassware. One notable exception was the deep pile carpets, hand-knotted by the students. The output of the atelier was sold through the retail and interior design service of the business, La Maison Martine. The shop was located at 107, rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré; it remained there until 1924, when it moved to 1, Rond-Point des Champs-Élysées. By the early 1920s, branches had been opened in Marseilles, Cannes, Biarritz, Deauville, La Baule, as well in London and Vienna. Martine products were actively promoted and sold in department stores in America and Germany.’

Textile Sample

Fabric Design with Red Flower Buds

Textile Sample

Fabric Design with Diamond Pattern

Fabric Design with Pussywillows

and a beautiful textile from Paul Iribe, an artist who worked closely with Poiret…

..thanks MetropolitanMuseumOfArt and Japonisme This
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